Reflections in a mirror

Have you ever looked into a mirror and asked yourself, who is this person in the mirror. * In the book “Dorian Gray,”Oscar Wilde shows a troubled young man looking in a mirror and he sees a distorted face of himself. Oscar Wilde first published this story in a magazine where the editor cut out many of his words because it was too imflamatory for the times.Oscar Wilde felt ,” Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult.”In expressing a general truth, principle, or astute observation he was showing how power sometimes corrupt. In the distorted  view  of himself, Dorian Gray was visualizing a terrible end because of the havoc he caused in life.

The mind plays many games. My wife reached the point in her life where she asked me  to take a mirror down in the bedroom. She would wake up in the morning and sit up in bed and see a vision of herself she did not want to recognize. Because of the medicines she was taking made her look bloated, puffy and in her terms ugly. It started her day in an unpleasant fashion. She was fighting Brain Cancer and no matter how many times I told her I only see her beauty, she only saw ugly. There was never a discussion about the mirror. I took it down immediately. The perception of oneself is the most important in people. What do you see?

A few months ago I was looking in the mirror. I was a little groggy, just awaking up from a peaceful sleep. I looked in the mirror and swore I saw my Father. I blinked twice and my Older Brother was there. I thanked God that I did not look like a Dorian Gray characticure . I hoped it was a sign that my Father and Brother were proud of me and was given me a visit. What do you think?

* excerpt taken from Wikipedia


Mirror! Mirror!

I woke up and took my morning shower
Giving me exhilarating power
Dried off and looked in the mirror
Saw my father and older brother

I saw them in my reflection
As if they wanted my attention
Giving me permission
To continue my life’s ambition

I thought how they would embrace
Costa Ricans easy pace
A change in their personal life
A way to leave the city life

I wonder if they would see
The beauty that thrills me
Willingness for adventure
Eager to start a new venture

Embrace the people and their ways
Enjoying the chance for a new life and place
Slowly their images disappear
As I smile in the mirror

Grateful for their visit
The time together was exquisite

Author: tmnugent

Poet Author. Living in Costa rica Pura Vida. Love to travel, play with my dogs and write poetry. My girlfriend and I enjoy life and could't be happier living here

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